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Suspension possible for Laraque

Monday, 11.23.2009 / 10:48 AM / News

NHL.com

Montreal Canadiens forward Georges Laraque had a hearing Monday morning to discuss supplementary discipline following his collision with Detroit Red Wings defenseman Niklas Kronwall on Saturday.

Laraque and Kronwall hit knee-to-knee, and Kronwall is expected to miss about a month after an MRI on Sunday showed a sprained medial collateral ligament in Kronwall's left knee. It's the same knee Kronwall had surgically repaired in 2005.

"There is no ACL damage and that's good news," Red Wings general manager Ken Holland told the Detroit News.  "They are saying it's between a Grade 2 and a Grade 3 sprain; Grade 3 being the most severe. So he's out a month for sure and beyond that, it depends on how he heals."

Laraque contends the collision was accidental. He received a tripping minor on the play.

"There were four refs on the ice and they didn't call anything," Laraque told reporters following the game. "If they called a match penalty it would be different. There was no intent, there was no reason why I would try to go and hurt him. It was a pure accident, that's why they called it tripping, so I'm not worried at all."

Holland, obviously, saw the play differently and is happy the League is reviewing it.

"The League called me (Saturday night)," Holland said. "Obviously, they are looking into it. They told me they saw the hit and they requested that I let them know the extent of Nik's injury."


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